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Jurgen Weichardt is the leading art-critic of Western Europe, his area of specialty is Eastern European art. He is a member of several art- committees in Europe, the director of kunstferein of the city of Oldenburg, vice chairman of the kunstferein unions of Germany.

"I consider oil on canvas to be one of the most interesting mediums of art. Not because other mediums are worse it’s just easier for me to feel the contact with the audience in this one. Every artist strives to find his own world and open it up for the viewers. Some actually succeed in it. In this case the audience has an incredible opportunity to see with the artist the unity of the past, present and future. Luckily the language of art is one of the few that does not require translation."

The canonical subjects that Lysakov works with are few. The forms of figures, houses and trees repeat themselves. The movement of figures is precise. Nevertheless the absence of gravity within the canvas allows the artist to expand the borders of the arrangement. Even more so since he does not take it technically but rather intuitively. That is why his paintings always create a feeling of awe and wonder. The early drafts of his paintings show that Victor Lysakov is always checking the poses of figures and smaller objects in order to create the fundamental simplicity of the arrangement. However the canon of form is just one of the aspects for Victor Lysakov. His paintings are often built upon very fine harmony of colors. The artist prefers dark, mysterious backgrounds upon which the colors, bound together by form, shine brightly and sometimes even somewhat disturbingly. Here Lysakov breaks some esthetic traditions. He magnifies the motion through contrasts and nuances of colors at the same time. Yet he does not break the mysterious aura of the process. His objective is not to share the developmental line of the story but to allow the audience to dissolve in the dynamic motion of the painting. To a large degree the artist distances himself from the arrangement of the painting. The subject appears out of emotions, moods and feelings. Even though what appears on the canvas seems to be ordinary, it depicts what many call "Russian Soul."

Jurgen Weigherdt
The Cataloque "Kunst Europa" ("The Art of Europe").p. 2.42. Mainz 1991.